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Productive Procrastination :: Scuare Resurfaces ‘Off Days Vol. I’

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During the days that Soundcloud was cool, Austin-based MC Scuare took it upon himself to go 18 weeks, one song a week.  Like most, he has moved on from Soundcloud, but that did not make those creations any less relevant.  After realizing that most people had no access to the lion’s share of that material, a decision was made to compile all of the songs into the project Off Days Vol. I.  It’s a free download, so why would you not cop it?  Your only obligation would be to tell a friend to do the same, and believe me, your ears will thank you for it.

-chief

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Placebo Effect :: Sugar Pill Debuts With ‘Monsters’

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Quite often, the best introduction is a direct one.  Let folks know what you’re about, speak with confidence, keep it short and sweet.  If that’s the case, then consider yourselves introduced to Sugar Pill.  A four-piece rock outfit based out of Austin, the group finds themselves preparing for the release of their debut EP Out of the Gate with the release of the single Monsters.  Are they talking symbolic or literal monsters?  I guess that’s for them to know, and us to decipher.  Here’s to more music from Sugar Pill, and hopefully in the near future.

-chief

Calm Maturation :: Branden Rex Drops ‘B&W Hipster’

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From the digital desk of Branden Rex :

‘Originally from Milwaukee, WI Branden Rex moved to Austin, TX to pursue his musical career 7 years ago.  While in the past 3 he has rerouted himself into the direction of fashion and business after co-founding an art/music company, Calm Child Lifestyles, the last year of his life has been spent producing his next endeavor.  A music/visual project entitled B&W Hipster has been the result.  With an array of audio tracks accompanied by cinematic visuals, Rex has mastered a way to brighten up the inevitably dark reality of his world.  Not only has he given you something to listen to and see, but you’ve been given something to feel.’

I am looking forward to more of the visuals for sure, as 50¢ Wings was a top notch music video in a year full of stellar Austin-based music videos.  Show some support, share, like the work, and stay tuned for more.

-chief

Bonus Beats :: Corduroi Drops A Pair Of Unreleased Songs

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Sometimes, gold can be found in what was left behind.  Corduroi, one of the more prolific Austin-based beatsmiths, recently dropped a pair of songs that were left off of his last 2 releases, but in tandem, they work very well together.  Rainbow Climber is a lively, upbeat track that seems to pull the listener in tow with it’s non-stop movement.  Cicada’s Song (my personal favorite of the two), has more of a hide and seek feel to it, like chasing shadows, or feeling like someone has just turned a corner out of your view as you follow them.  Both tracks are high quality, and I am happy they are seeing the light of day.  Check them out, share them, and support local art!

-chief

Beautiful Noise :: Pretty Shitty Drops A New EP

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It’s another banger out of the Austin music scene.  This time, it’s Pretty Shitty, the punk rock outfit that’s ‘looking pretty and sounding shitty’ for rock and roll fans.  Their self-titled EP is their second release, and it’s a power packed (albeit short) trip worth taking.  Check it out, and keep an eye out for more from these guys in the (hopefully near) future.

-chief

Guaranteed Fresh :: Exploded Records Provides Us With JuiceLand Radio

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The Exploded Drawing family has done nothing but wonderful things for Austin since appearing on the scene.  The same goes with JuiceLand.  When the two entities combined a few years back to create Exploded Records at JuiceLand, it was a culmination of wonderful that seemed like it would be a peak.  Yet, somehow, the combined efforts has continued to grow and become greater than the sum of its parts, exploring all new realms.  One of these realms has been the online radio/podcast market.  With the constant influx of guests to Exploded Drawing and Exploded Records in-store performances, it’s no wonder that JuiceLand Music was born as a part library, part showcase for the wealth of talent associated with these ventures.  The channel is 19 shows deep, and it’s all quality material.  Do yourself a favor and take a deep dive.

-chief

Dropping Knowledge :: TEE-DOUBLE Releases ‘Bless The Child’ EP

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Of all the Austin-based MCs and producers, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with the drive, vision and longevity of Tee-Double.  Of the many hats he wears (cultural diplomat, business educator, creative advocate), the man still finds time to produce, write and engineer his own albums, adding to his vast catalog.  Bless The Child E.P. finds Tee-Double really learning the limits of his studio, the newly crowned Teetopia.  Breakbeat exploration is still used, but Tee has been throwing more and more live musical elements into his production, giving this album the sound and feel of a funk-band’s back-up.  Add the natural dosage of lyrics about being hip to the business side of the game, the journey from where he came to where he’s arrived, and the inspirational messages he gives to listeners (artists and casual fans), this E.P. is shaping up to be one of the more important releases of 2017.  Cheers to you, sir, and keep doing what you’re doing.

-chief